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Describe your musical journey of genre, influences and places throughout life.

Discussion in 'SMB' started by tunstall birdman, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Mick Dundee

    Mick Dundee Striker

    I had horrendous taste in music before the age of 13. I did like some decent stuff, like britpop and a bit of mainstream hip hop, but it was mainly horrendous chart bilge.

    When I was 14, Barenaked Ladies had a hit with One Week, I bought the album and was hooked - got their entire back catalogue. Also, because of my age I started to dislike the worst of the shite I had previously listened to and more into the indie/britpop side of things. Aside from BNL, my favourite bands were Ash, Space and the Lightning Seeds. I also won a phone in on UK Play (a crappy music channel run by the owners of UK Gold etc) and alongside Reef and Blur, there were quite a lot of less mainstream indie records in there. I was also really into No Doubt after Tragic Kingdom and then stumbling upon their debut album for £3 in Woolies but had no idea where to find any other bands that sounded like then.

    Aged 15, on a school trip to Switzerland, I was introduced to Green Day (mainly Dookie although Nimrod was their current album at the time). That, together with Blink 182 and The Offspring hitting the mainstream a year or 2 later, introduced me to guitar music. I was never as into the latter 2 bands as my mates were, but through them I discovered the Epitaph record label and bands like Pennywise and Bad Religion who are both (as well as the Descendents) still my favourite American Punk bands. Over the next couple of years this evolved into a lot of ska-punk bands (I think
    I'd discovered the connection between these punk bands and No Doubt's early material) like Less Than Jake, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Capdown, Reel Big Fish, and this got me into Two Tone ska with the likes of The Special, The Selecter, Bad Manners and Madness.

    This also coincided with the rise of Nu metal and I loved a lot of those bands too (Slipknot, Korn and Limp Bizkit mainly), although it was Punk and ska that were my main loves. After a while, these bands became stale and unexciting so I started to look out other similar artists - One Minute Silence, Marilyn Manson; earlier hard rock like Rage Against The Machine and Janes Addiction (thanks to the chef in my part time job washing dishes); Cypress Hill released the rap-rock hybrid Skull and Bones. Because of the nu metal scene, my search went in 2 directions, "proper metal" and hip hop - Pantera, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies for the former, The Roots, Jurassic 5, Ugly Duckling for the latter.

    Around this time, The Libertines exploded as well and I was still a big fan of the rockier end of the indie scale (Ash, Idlewild, Feeder). I started listening to a lot of the bands featured in NME as well and looking out bands like The Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and I was discovering a lot of American indie bands and solo artists (Ben Kweller, Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds Five are all still big favourites of mine nearly 15 years later).

    My taste in music got very eclectic and then m I started getting into a lot of political music from the likes of Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd, Public Enemy, Gil Scot Heron.

    In 2007, I bought my first house so had no disposable income. I was in a musical rut for almost 10 years, buying only the new releases by the artists already in my massive CD collection without any room for new artists or genres. I did, however, get quite heavily into Johnny Cash and Tom Petty during that time.

    Then Apple Music was launched in 2015 and reinvigorated my love of music. It made suggestions so my tastes expanded even further, both with new genres (stoner rock, alt-country) and new artists. I'm still learning about music and expanding my tastes all the time with music streaming - shameless plug I'm documenting this through my blog (see my sig) where I review the albums I've been listening to that week.
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  2. Topper post mate, very interesting read.:)
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  3. :lol:Cheers, exactly what I wanted, A very interesting read indeed and well worth all the 4 hour effort.:lol::D

    Never realised you were so musically creative and involved.
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  4. Lukas73

    Lukas73 Winger

    My dad played bass guitar for Mungo Jerry, his record collection is vast...so when I was young I listened to a vast amount of different stuff....
    Off the top of my head, bands like
    Weather report, Nick Lowe, Ian Gomm, Stanley Clarke, George Gershwin...tons of Motown , King Tubby, Miles Davis and most notably Billy Cobham, who is the reason I play drums....I've listened to his Spectrum album nearly every day since I was a kid to now....

    When I was at school, I started to listen to a bit of pop...I liked Wham, Duran Duran and the Specials...oh and Big Country...let's move on...

    In the mid-late 80's I discovered Hip Hop....the Jazz samples and phat beats had me hooked....and house music...this love had stayed with me till now, I'm 43

    I love classical music, especially Bernstein, Copeland & Gershwin....

    I've played drums since I was 2, so most of my music has a good groove to it....
    These days I listen hip hop still, but the older stuff...house music, John Digweed and Hernan Cattaneo are class.....and Rival Sons, who are fucking brilliant....but generally anything that grooves....
    I could go on for ages, so I've tried to summarise a bit !
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  5. jcrossan

    jcrossan Striker

    hard rock /Heavy metal, (Zepplin Who, Sabbath, Stones, Deep Purple ten years After) 1970-74, old time rock n roll (Chuck berry, Jerry lee, Bill Haley) 1975-76..punk rock (Clash Pistols, Johnny Thunders Damned Jam etc. 1976-79. Classic rock/ballards ala Springsteen, Bob Seger, Eagles....1979-82. then lost a lot of interest...then in last five years..classic solo artsist Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield, Neil Simon, Billie Holiday..Aretha Franklin...
  6. dangermows

    dangermows Striker

    You taking the piss? He's famous for saying he has binned better songs than anything Noel Gallagher has written :lol: I like him as a poster but that's wasn't his finest hour.
  7. janiep

    janiep Striker

    When I was 18, one day by accident I listened to "Ode for St Cecelia's Day by Handel, and I still haven't exhausted it. You did ask.
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  8. :lol: He's still cool as fuck in my eyes after reading that comment.:cool:
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  9. dangermows

    dangermows Striker

    It's part of smb folklore
  10. First time I've heard of this.:lol:
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  11. dangermows

    dangermows Striker

  12. Honestly.:eek::lol:
  13. dangermows

    dangermows Striker

    Just search "in the bin" and fyls name and there'll be plenty I reckon :lol:
  14. Nor.:lol:
  15. dangermows

    dangermows Striker

    Your loss :lol:
  16. :lol:

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